Madrid is one of the major capitals of the arts. Its galleries and museums are among the finest in the world. Set aside a significant amount of time if you want to capture the full flavour of what Madrid has to offer.|
We also have a list of current art exhibits, (It's in Spanish, but there are pictures which should make it clear enough)
For those with more immediate tastes, we maintain a current listing of all cinemas with a listing of cinemas showing movies in their original language, updated weekly, a guide to what's on inmusic, and a list of theaters.
We have details on the background of the cultural tradition of bullfighting, plus where best to go and see it for yourself. It's still one of the major tourist attractions, despite its "non-pc" label. Also, check out other aspects of local culture like flamenco dancing.
Make sure to read the information in our general entertainment section.
Madrid's museums and galleries can be divided into four sections:
Golden triangle - the city's three most important museums, below.
Other museums - lesser known, but highly charming museums
Exhibition halls and Foundations - temporary exhibits
Commercial galleries - for those interested in purchasing art, viewing avant guard etc.
The Golden Triangle
If you're not stopping over for very long, you'll probably find that you have more than enough to keep you busy in Madrid's three most important museums:
You can get the Paseo del Arte voucher and will be able three of the musums as conveniently and economically as possible: With direct admission to each of them, and a 25% discount on the entrance free. It can be used any day of the week, execpt the closing day. You can buy it at the tickets offices of tree museums. You has to know that admission to the Prado Museum and Reina Sofía is free of charge on Saturdays from 14.30 and Sundays morning.
- The Prado Museum
- The Thyssen-Bornemisza
- The Reina Sofía National Art Centre
Price: 8 euro
These three museums are located near the centre, all within walking distance of one another, forming what is known as the 'golden triangle'. Although it is possible to visit all three museums in a single day, those who try will no doubt end their tour with sore feet. For art lovers, a single visit to any of these three will certainly be insufficient.